Charleston - Bloomsbury Group Bohemia





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Published on Oct 18, 2012

Bohemia is not a place - it's a state of mind. A commitment to live with your own sense of values, your own freedom and independence. "An irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths."

This video gives an insight into the values of the Bloomsbury Group (Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Maynard Keynes, EM Forster, Duncan Grant to name but a few) some of whom lived at Charleston.

They lived and breathed art - whether that be through the medium of painting, sculpting, writing - and they challenged societal norms and the philosophy of materialism. Charleston a simple rented farmhouse near Firle, East Sussex, UK, provided a place to create these various forms of art and live with a freedom not possible in the City. It is impossible to capture the old world creative atmosphere of being at Charleston but this video gives some of the feeling of the raw creativity that engulfs you as you enter and walk around.

The narration at the beginning is by David Dimbleby and the interview is between Alain de Botton and Virginia Nicholson (grandaughter of Vanessa Bell) who spent time herself at Charleston when she was a young girl.

The background music is Nuages (Clouds) from Claude Debussy's Nocturnes.

The Three Graces - Elegance, Beauty and Style.
My Philosophy for a sublime way of living.
My aim - to bring a touch of old world grace and discreet glamour to the everyday.
"Having class - it's not half the battle - it's the whole war"

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